Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer
The Orbus XT4000 Elliptical Cross Trainer enjoys a lofty position in the home fitness category.
Cost effective enough to be considered affordable, while large and sturdy enough to be classed as a higher end unit. Comparable units will often fall short on specification, design or build quality, which is why the XT4000 is considered one of the Best Buy Elliptical in the market today.
Like other models in the Orbus range, it incorporates an impressive back lit touch screen computer which displays clear, easy to read data and allows the user to enjoy a range or automatic programs or select a bespoke workout via a manual program mode.
It has a smooth 10kg flywheel, 16 levels of resistance and a capable 15 inch stride. It comes with the usual comprehensive 12 month warranty and has received rave reviews from novice users and more experience gym users. This product is more than cable of sitting in pride of place in your home gym, or is effective enough to be your dedicated piece of fitness equipment. A well rounded, high quality unit by any measure.
Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer
If you are looking for a low cost cross trainer to boost your fitness regime at home, then the Orbus XT520 Elliptical Cross Trainer is one that can offer great stability and quality, yet remains within the “cheap cross trainer” bracket.
In fact, over the last two years the XT520 has become one the bests selling pieces of fitness equipment on the internet, with sales out stripping some of the more established brands.
Why is this? Well, it has a bigger than average 10.5Khg flywheel and great frame. It’s comfortable and simple to use and quiet and smooth in motion. Also, it allows for a healthy 120kg maximum user weight, which will cover most requirements.
All in all it offers great value and has become the trainer of choice for so many happy customers.
It is a manual machine, so unlike its sister machine, the Orbus XT501 Elliptical, it does not have the same programmability functions, but if you are simply looking to get on with some worthwhile basic elliptical training, to improve stamina, fitness and assist with weight loss, then this is the ideal model for most occasions. It also doesn’t need to be positioned near a power point, so can be used anywhere in the house, and with its integrated transport wheels can be moved with little fuss.
Overall a great buy, with great levels of customer satisfaction wrapped in a budget price level package.
Buy now with confidence at Elliptical Cross Trainers.
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What is spinning?
You may understand what a spin bike is, and have seen rows of bikes lines up at the gym, but what actually happens in a spin class?
Well, for the uninitiated, spin bikes are simply indoor cycles, that closely resemble standard road bikes. The words ‘spin’ bike, or ‘spinning’ bike are registered trademarks, so are not descriptions sellers of indoor bikes can use without permission. That isn’t to say that indoor cycles, not described as ‘spin’, which are widely available, are of less quality, or provide less of a workout.
You standard ‘spin’ class will involve a motivational gathering, led by an instructor. They will lead the class through an imaginary ride, telling the class when to rise from the saddle as they approach a theoretical ‘hill’, when to accelerate and when to slow. Of course, the coach will work the class through a warm up and cool down period as well, but the main benefits people fond are that it can be greatly motivational to be pushed to your limits by the class leader, and some element of competitiveness can shine through, pushing motivation higher.
Of course, the class member will ultimately decide what level of ‘torcher’ (enjoyment) they will reach, as they will determine their effort and resistance levels, although the leader will encourage the class the move up and down through resistance levels during the workout.
The classes normally last between 30 and 60 minutes and are brilliant for those wanting a push, or as a good replacement for road work during the bleaker months!
Those who are looking for a more solitary experience can of course replicate this type of workout at home, with your own exercise bike. You would just need to bring your own motivation and imagination to make the experience as enjoyable and varied as possible.
How to avoid injury
Even top Olympians and Premiership football stars need to stretch before training; it’s a basic requirement to help ensure you can steer clear of injury.
Of course, some injuries are unavoidable, but pulls, strains and ‘tweaks’ can be avoided with some simple precautions.
You should always look at your exercise as a three stage process. Warm up – Exercise – Warm down.
You can increase blood flow around the body, to increase flexibility of the muscles and muscle tissue, allowing free movement and reducing the possibility of wear and strain.
You can start your warm up with some very simple aerobics, such as light jogging for 5 or 10 mins on the road or treadmill. Then move onto some stretching. Again for 5 or 10 mins, concentrating on the correct areas.
Finally push the limits with some three quarter workouts, such as short sprints etc.
You should now be ready for your fitness exercise or competition.
Once complete, don’t forget to warm down. This can replicate the first two stages of the warm up, i.e. simple aerobics and stretching. This will allow the muscles to slowly cool and relax, again avoiding injury.